Biggs: Reid touts Toub as head coaching material
Andy Reid had one assistant coach make the jump from being a special teams coach to becoming a head coach and sees that in the possible future of another former assistant in Dave Toub.
Chicago’s special teams coordinator since 2004, Toub has directed one of the league’s more consistent units and Reid doesn’t see any reason why he can’t make that progression one day.
“I have always said that on your staff the coach that is probably best prepared to be the head coach is your special teams coach because they have to deal with everyone on the roster plus you guys,’’ Reid said. “And that’s a tough thing to do. Very seldom does a special teams coach come out of a game and say, `Everything went well today.’ It just doesn’t happen. Normally, one phase somewhere, because you’re dealing with so many different phases, wasn’t as good as you wanted it to be.
“I think Dave Toub would be a great head coach down the road. I don’t think he needs to switch anything. I think there are a lot of special teams coaches in this league that would be good head coaches.”
Reid will encounter Toub when the teams meet Sunday night at Soldier Field in a must-win game for both teams. Reid gave Toub his first job in the NFL in 2001 as an assistant special teams coach under John Harbaugh. The position has been a proving ground for many successful head coaches, including Marv Levy, Dick Vermeil, Mike Ditka and Bill Cowher. Harbaugh eventually became the Eagles’ secondary coach in 2007 before making the jump to Baltimore where he is the head coach.
“I guess it did,’’ Reid said when he was asked if the defensive post helped Harbaugh. “I know how [Ravens general manager] Ozzie [Newsome] feels about special teams coaches, though. Ozzie knows. He knows this about them. I don’t think it would have mattered if John was our secondary coach or a special teams coach, I think Ozzie would have been interested in him in either case.’’
Toub has yet to be mentioned on any hot lists as a potential candidate, but his units have been among the top in the league and finished No. 1 in 2006 and 2007 in composite rankings created by Dallas Morning News football writer Rick Gosselin. He has experience as a defensive line coach previously, so there is a background in other areas.
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